Startup Develops Brain-training Headband For Sleep

A French health tech startup has devised a way for people to train their brains during the day in order to sleep better at night. The Urgonight, which is on display at CES 2020 in Las Vegas this week, uses games to teach the user how to control the brain waves that impact sleep. According to Guirec Le Lous, CEO of parent company Urgotech, the device helped people fall asleep 40 percent faster and cut nighttime sleep interruptions by half in clinical trials.

The Urgonight padded headband is lightweight and has small electrodes that automatically adjust to the size of your head. The headband measures your EEG via an app (available for iOS and Android) to show you a real-time display of your brain activity. A virtual coach guides you through exercises to teach you how to identify and change behaviors that can help you better control your brain activity.

The device is designed to be used for 20 minutes a day, three days a week. According to the company, it takes about 10 to 15 sessions to begin to see results and about 40 sessions for sustainable change. The company doesn’t say how this number was determined. 

Le Lous said in a press release, “Just as you can train your body to run faster, jump higher, swim further or become more flexible, clinical studies have shown neurofeedback therapy can help people learn how to improve the quality of their sleep. The technology has been used in clinical sleep centers around the world for decades and now with Urgonight, we are making it more fun and accessible and conveniently usable in the comfort of the home.” The Urgonight headband will be available in June and will cost $500.